27:0156(30)AR - Navy Public Works Center and IAM -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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27:0156(30)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 27 FLRA No. 30
 
 U.S. NAVY PUBLIC WORKS CENTER
 Agency
 
 and
 
 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS 
 AND AEROSPACE WORKERS
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1304
 
                                 DECISION
 
    I.  Statement of the Case
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator Alfred J. Goodman filed by the Agency under section 7122(a)
 of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute)
 and part 2425 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations.
 
    II.  Background and Arbitrator's Award
 
    The grievance in this case concerned the Agency's erroneous
 overpayment of wages to the grievant and its subsequent decision to
 require reimbursement of the overpayment.  The facts leading to this
 dispute are as follows.
 
    On November 11, 1984, the grievant was temporarily promoted from
 Utility Systems Operator, Wage Grade 9 (WG-9), to Electric Power
 Controller, WG-10, for a period not to exceed one year.  In May 1985 the
 grievant was notified that effective May 11, 1985, he was being returned
 to his former WG-9 position.  However, the grievant continued to receive
 the WG-10 salary for over two months (until July 21, 1985) despite the
 fact that the grievant informed his general foreman about his
 overpayment on several occasions.
 
    The Agency subsequently recognized